RIGAN president preaches healthy workforce
RIGAN President, Prof. Rabiu Adamu has called on participants at the 16th Games to ensure the full realization of the RIGAN motto of a “healthy workforce is a productive force.”
Whilst expressing a huge relief on the return of the biennial games amongst the nation’s 30 Research and Development Institutes, which last held in 2015 In Zaria by NITT, Prof. Adamu opined that never again would the games be postponed due to paucity of funds or inadequate facilities.
He was quick to shower praises on the host of “OTA 2019 Games Festivals, the Nigerian Building, and Road Research Institute, as being a key forerunner in the activities of RIGAN.
The RIGAN Games, which enters Day 5 today, was declared open Monday by the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, amongst pomp and pageantry.
NBRRI has the largest participants of over 150 athletes and officials, closely followed by FIIRO, Oshodi Lagos.
Events being competed for include football, athletics, volleyball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, squash, badminton, draught, chess, dart, ayo, billiards and scrabble.
Sister Institutions of Convenant and Bells. university are also providing venues and facilities for some of the events.
Key objectives of the RIGAN Games are bringing together the various Research and Development Institutes in Nigeria through sporting activities, providing recreational interaction, friendship amongst members, the achievement of sound mind and body fitness necessary for attaining the set goals for research and development.
The maiden edition of RIGAN Games was hosted by Forestry Research Institutes of Nigeria (FRIN), Ibadan in April 1981 with the formal launch done by Sylvester Ugola of the Shehu Shagari administration.
RIGAN is the brainchild of the committee of the Director of research Institutes (CODRI).